Journal or Diary writing..

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As you can see, I do!! I started keeping a diary when I was about 9. Most of what I wrote was complete nonsense, and more than once my friends would chime into the pages saying obscene things to be funny. I think I will burn all of these someday, but for now they stand as proof of my journey through the ups and downs of my life, through immaturity to semi-maturity 😄, to all kinds of human relationships, marriage, kids…you name it. The words written inside them are merely my ‘outer-sheddings.’ They do not represent who I am, but rather where I’ve been and some of the dirt I collected along the way. I would like to think I’m cleansed of all the yuck now. Please burn them upon my death. (That line is stolen from my grandma)

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Pictured are the diaries of my life in chronological order, except the left hand side with the deer are all my Bible journals. Some of them have been tossed.

The a story of a Soul by Saint Therese of Lisieux

The Story of a Soul was written by Saint Therese of Lisieux before her death in 1897 at 24 years of age. In it she talks about her “little way” of doing everything with great love. After she died this memoir was passed from hand to hand from priests to nuns and even the Pope, and was eventually published. It was a great read for anyone interested in her. She writes that she will send flowers from heaven (blessings) to anyone who prays for her. She is one of the only Saints to be photographed and one of the only doctors of the church because of her “little way”, an obtainable path toward virtue for all. She is very special to me.

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The Gospel according to Mark

Is it wrong to say I found the book of Mark a little dry? It is wonderful to have the stories of Jesus told to us several different ways through the Gospels of Mark, Luke, John and Matthew, but I have in my notes from a year ago that I thought it was the driest version of Jesus’ ministry on earth. When I researched this a bit I learned that the Gospel of Mark was written by John Mark who was not a close follower of Jesus but who hung around Peter and sort of wrote down Jesus’ story through what Peter (an apostle) had to say about Jesus. It is the shortest of the gospels (which basically means, the good news), and the first. Mark’s gospel, some say, was meant to remember verbatim in order to recite or to use as a sermon, which explains its dry, straightforward quality. Which makes this post equally dry and straightforward. I put a link to the video I watched about this in my bio. I find this scholarly stuff really interesting. If any of this information is incorrect, I apologize, as it was gathered from the video. 🙂

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Moby Dick by Herman Melville

“Call me Ishmael.” .

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This beautiful illustrated copy of Moby Dick is from the 1930’s can you tell? The Art Deco print gives it away. I have not read it yet, but plan to soon—with gloves on. Because I’m sure this copy is worth something. I love Melville and whale tales/fishing tales. They are usually my favorite stories, full of adventure and curiosity. .

Proper Mourning by Me 🦉

One more year brings a greater distance from those with whom I spent so much time. .

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My little creation was completed in 2017/2018 and received a 5/5 for reader appeal, plot structure and pacing from a Writer’s Digest judge. As with other art forms, writers grow and perfect their craft over the years. I have learned so much since I clicked the publish button on this work. If anyone out there is considering writing a book, just do it! …And I would love to answer your questions! .

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I have placed a copy in the free library on the paint creek trail park entrance. If you live in the area and happen to pick it up please consider writing a review on Amazon and kindly pass it on. The more reviews the more readers will find my book based on how the algorithm works. Thank you all for following my blog thus far. Have a wonderful new year. Yay to a fresh start!

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.her is a link to its amazon page if you’d like to check it out! Proper Mourning by Brianne Turczynski

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The Complete Book of Etiquette by Amy Vanderbilt

I love having fancy dinners. Tonight for New Year’s Eve my husband’s cousin and I will be serving Cornish game hens, potatoes au gratin, scallops, and green beans with red pepper flakes and garlic for a small party at me casa. When it comes to setting the table I have always consulted my book of etiquette by Amy Vanderbilt—very fancy! May I dream of a life such as hers with servants!? Whoa! I almost feel like the book is too good for me, haha! I’m working on a budget ya’ll, and lack of space so as far as the correct place to of silverware I do what I want now–I made the centerpiece with random plants found on my walks and in my backyard. This makes it more special I think. No servants here!

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Need advice!!

Help! I think I’m going to give up on this. Should I or no? I made it 183 pages, and I just don’t care about any of the characters and James is not articulate enough for me to really know what is going on 100% of the time—I don’t like his writing style, if it’s a tree say it’s a tree for gosh sake. I need advice—What do you think?? Should I stick it out another 200 pages? I’ve been trying to choke it down for a month!

Christmas Stories by Charles Dickens

Christmas Stories by Charles Dickens is a collection of three children’s stories: A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, & The Cricket on the Hearth. According to May Lamberton Becker who wrote the introduction for this collection,

“Night after night [Dickens] tramped the dark and silent streets of London, sometimes for as many as fifteen miles, while [A Christmas Carol] lived itself out, scene by scene, before his eyes. Often his eyes were filled with tears; sometimes he laughed aloud and made such extraordinary gestures it was a good thing that sober folks were all in bed.”

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Reading Dickens one can tell he was an advocate for the poor. His father served time in a debtors’ prison, so as a result Dickens was very aware of his accounts and feared debt. He moved his family to Genoa, Italy for a time, because the cost of living was cheaper. I think his stories have helped many people emphasize with the poor and suffering, and in that alone he has done good for the world with his craft. We should all strive to do this.

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Pictured are the first couple sentences of The Chimes—pulls me right in!

Celebrating Gratitude with Thank You Notes!!

It’s Thanksgiving, and I’m finally getting around to sending out thank you notes from my birthday, complete with a wax insignia. Etiquette tells us thank you notes should be written before two weeks have passed from the event date. I’m just hitting that mark. I love buying stationary because I send a lot of notes. I collect neat notecards like the toad pictured if you swipe 👉. This one is from @bridgettejonesnatureprints . Her stuff is great! Check her out!! I send my cute cards to recipients who will keep them and cherished the art. .

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How about you? Do you send out thank you’s or letters to friends? . .

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